Grosses

'The Maze Runner' Nets $11.25 Million on Friday; 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' ($4.7M) Tops 'This Is Where I Leave You' ($3.91M)September 20, 2014 03:55 AM

by Shawn Robbins

Fox reports that The Maze Runner picked up an estimated $11.25 million on Friday, a very healthy jump from its modest $1.1 million Thursday night shows (included in Friday's gross). BoxOffice projects the latest young adult adaptation will net around $31 million this weekend--already nearly matching its $34 million production budget. By comparison, Maze's opening day was 14 percent ahead of Ender's Game ($9.8 million) and 51 percent behind Divergent ($22.8 million). Early word of mouth appears very healthy with an 82 percent Flixster score, on par with Divergent's 81 percent.

Liam Neeson's A Walk Among the Tombstones bagged $4.7 million on opening day--27.5 percent behind the $6.5 million first day of The Grey in January 2012, but also 87 percent stronger than Killing Them Softly's $2.5 million first day. Unfortunately, early word of mouth appears mixed with a 66 percent Flixster score. BoxOffice is projecting a solid $14 million weekend for the Universal release.

Warner Bros.' ensemble dramedy This Is Where I Leave You posted $3.91 million on Friday, 6 percent behind Trouble with the Curve's $4.2 million first day and 90 percent ahead of Admission's $2.05 million bow. The film's 70 percent Flixster score leaves a bit to be desired, although this isn't necessarily a film aimed toward the online crowd. As adult audiences are expected to turn out over the weekend, BoxOffice projects an $11.6 million opening frame.

Last week's top film, No Good Deed, sank an expected 67 percent from opening day to $2.95 million. With $32.9 million in the bank through 8 days of release, the Sony thriller has performed ahead of pre-release expectations as it leads the pace of The Call by 32 percent. BoxOffice projects a $9.6 million second weekend.

Dolphin Tale 2 rounded out the top five as it slipped 50 percent from last week's opening day gross to $2.14 million on Friday. By comparison, the first flick eased 32 percent from its first-to-second Friday. The family-friendly sequel has tallied $20.2 million in its first 8 days, 24.5 percent off the pace of its 2011 predecessor. BoxOffice projects an $8.0 million sophomore frame.

Meanwhile, Guardians of the Galaxy was off 35 percent from last Friday to $1.38 million yesterday. The year's top grosser so far is projected to bring in another $5.3 million for the weekend as a whole. With $309.9 million in the bank through Friday, its 50th day of release, Guardians stands 2.6 percent ahead of the pace the original Iron Man.

On the expansion front, The Drop took in $645,000 yesterday as it expanded into 1,192 theaters (up from 809 last week). Yesterday's haul was down 56 percent from opening day. To date, the film has grossed $6.3 million. BoxOffice projects $2.1 million for the current frame.

Unfortunately, no Friday estimates were made available for Kevin Smith's Tusk at the time of publication. The film opened in 602 theaters this weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Fri, Apr. 12 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
142 (2013)$9,061,823--3,003--$3,018$9,061,8231Warner Bros.
2Scary Movie 5$5,515,954--3,402--$1,621$5,515,9541Weinstein / Dimension
3Evil Dead$3,196,076137%3,0250$1,057$35,237,8582Sony / TriStar
4The Croods$3,052,976212%3,689-190$828$132,377,0464Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$2,926,055142%3,535-199$828$94,551,7533Paramount
6Jurassic Park 3D$2,444,640132%2,7787$880$25,553,8052Universal
7Olympus Has Fallen$2,043,260142%2,935-124$696$76,650,0744FilmDistrict
8Tyler Perry's Temptation$1,371,174150%1,805-242$760$42,293,1703Lionsgate
9Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,236,198154%2,504-401$494$215,757,6106Disney
10The Host (2013)$748,011115%2,172-1030$344$21,793,4713Open Road
11The Call$568,564103%1,630-372$349$47,190,6575Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$1,210,7271553%514484$2,356$2,584,9063Focus
2Trance$286,5712485%438434$654$461,1792Fox Searchlight
3Admission$274,90770%909-498$302$16,192,8614Focus
4Identity Thief$155,085154%564-157$275$131,635,92510Universal
5Spring Breakers$127,4074%426-646$299$13,276,3945A24
6Silver Linings Playbook$118,523128%451-73$263$130,043,69522Weinstein Company
7Jack the Giant Slayer$85,015111%331-171$257$62,720,2327Warner Bros. / New Line
8Warm Bodies$66,113174%279-8$237$65,742,07911Lionsgate / Summit
9Life of Pi$64,315131%217-52$296$124,106,41121Fox
10Quartet$62,16864%224-28$278$17,413,08314Weinstein Company
11Safe Haven$59,306147%277-83$214$70,482,9379Relativity Media
12The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$45,87713%274-261$167$22,021,0875Warner Bros. / New Line
13A Good Day to Die Hard$41,069164%210-15$196$66,896,6919Fox
14Snitch (2013)$38,209115%215-89$178$41,894,0878Lionsgate / Summit
15Escape From Planet Earth$35,761132%276-156$130$54,537,6999Weinstein Company
16Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$25,475123%154-26$165$55,511,02312Paramount
17Django Unchained$24,03150%126-57$191$162,634,47516Weinstein Company
1821 And Over$23,98933%107-73$224$25,378,7567Relativity Media
19Argo$18,056106%1720$105$135,947,70327Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sapphires$63,879197%9333$687$599,2804Weinstein Company
2Not Today$38,643--41--$943$38,6431Freestyle Releasing
3From Up on Poppy Hill$23,03086%498$470$537,9685GKIDS
4To the Arctic 3D$23,00384%520$442$12,091,19152Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Impossible$18,346141%77-3$238$18,955,26517Lionsgate / Summit
6Emperor$15,4816%96-24$161$3,182,4466Roadside Attractions
7Side Effects (2013)$15,11161%53-27$285$31,441,47110Open Road
8Parental Guidance$14,567160%90-20$162$77,080,79616Fox
9Dark Skies$12,088937%25-3$484$17,195,0228Weinstein / Dimension
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$8,912193%55-22$162$302,953,30118Warner Bros. / New Line
11Starbuck$8,09154%321$253$3,634,6114eOne Films US
12Dead Man Down$7,86736%94-52$84$10,860,7756FilmDistrict
13Born to Be Wild 3D$6,7018%300$223$22,448,560106Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$5,061-18%13-3$389$96,0342CodeBlack Films
15Stoker$3,721-58%30-59$124$1,664,2047Fox Searchlight
16Settai$3,160104%15-18$211$64,5802UTV Motion Pictures
17Himmatwala$157-86%3-58$52$270,0663UTV Motion Pictures
18Kai Po Che$13844%1-1$138$1,120,3858UTV Motion Pictures